The new president immediately put the world on notice that his administration will combat unfair trade practices, which many interpret as a return to protectionism.
Just 10 percent of longshoremen requested by terminal operator employers came to work on Friday, bringing vessel operations to a near standstill at the Northern California port, according to port spokesman Mike Zampa.
Chaos in the ocean shipping industry has led to a winter of shippers’ discontent as freight transportation managers scramble to determine how carriers will meet their transportation requirements after several carrier mergers and acquisitions took place.
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Members of the 2M Alliance - Maersk and MSC - reached a space-sharing deal with HMM, which they said is “outside the scope” of the 2M Alliance, but will involve HMM buying slots on 2M vessels and 2M partners purchasing slots with HMM on selected routes.
Bulk shipping company Korea Line Corp. has been picked over Hyundai Merchant Marine to acquire Hanjin’s operations between Asia and the United States.
Danish ocean carrier Maersk Line said the acquisition of Hamburg Süd would boost its share of the world container fleet from 15.7 percent to 18.6 percent, and increase its capacity from 3.14 million TEUs to 3.76 million TEUs.